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President RI District Governor 3330 President RC Patong Beach Kalyan Banerjee Orachorn Saisrithong Best Wanamakok


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TUESDAY 24th JANUARY 2012 John Lindsay – Health & Wellness







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DISTRICT 3330 MEETINGS Location - Kanchanaburi – dates and venue TBA SAT SUN

March 2012


Location - Royal Phuket City Hotel The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


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Greetings from your President! Dear RCOPB Members and Friends, , June 2011 Good evening, ladies and gents. Hope everyone had a good Sunday. I took the kids out to Phang Nga today visiting turtle conservation center at the Navy Base and had good lunch on the way. Quite a bit of tourists there to my surprise. The club assembly last week was relatively successful despite the short preparation time. The meeting came up with a few practical yet ingenious ideas for fundraising. Visiting rotarians, once encouraged, shared their experience with us as well. Golf tourney, garage sale, and wine with Rotary's labels were discussed. I noticed that the number of visiting Rotarians were up in the past two weeks. The sign of high season, I guess. I have not visited Bang La for a while to see the crowd. I think Phuket has a lot more visitors this year than last based on what I see around my neighborhood in Chalong and the office in Rawai/Naiharn area. Maybe we will have a few more potential new members come to the meeting. :) On Wed, Rtn Gerry, Dr. Johan, PR Chair Able and I got together to give a second dose of Polio Vaccination to the children of Lam Tuk Kae village, Koh Sirey. More candy this time around thanks for PP Mark's donation the night before. The vaccination went without a hitch. Note that this time around we had rubbing alcohol on hands to wipe off the tip of the vial - something we did not do last month. Oops, nice to have a doctor "In De Club." He came in handy once in a while :) Able was busy giving out clothes, toys, perfume, face wash, tooth brushes, soaps, etc. to the people. The plan of selling them for 5 baht was not exactly working out right, so we ended up giving them away... We have a number of good speakers lined up, but we need more!!! Please look and ask around for potential speakers that fit the bills. Any members can propose a guest speaker to Club Admin Chair Denis or just directly to me. That's for now, folks. See you on Tuesday. Have a great evening. YIR, P. Best Yours In Rotary, President Best Rotary Club of Patong Beach D. 3330 Phuket, Thailand The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001


Wolfgang Meusburger - 26th January Richard Arell - 30th January Advance notice & change of date Woody’s Computer Clinic 21- 2-12 @ Aloha Villa Woody Leonhard’s been hunkered down working on his Windows 8 book, but he’s going to come up for air on the night of FEBRUARY 21, and put on an old-fashioned Computer Clinic. He’ll give a quick overview of the latest developments in the computer industry, including the Three A’s (Apple, Android and Amazon) and Windows 8, talk about the State of the Internet in Phuket, then open the floor to questions on any techy topic in traditional Computer Clinic style. This would be a good opportunity to introduce prospective members to our club, as long as we have enough seats. It’ll likely be Woody’s only Computer Clinic in the first half of 2012. - Woody

NIGHT REPORT 17th January 2012 Sergeant At Arms Night Reporter Photographers Rotarian members Guests Guest Speaker

Andy Becker Gerry Cummings Phawinee (Apple) Kangsawat 13 13 ? None other than our own President Best Wanamakok for the club assembly

Meeting opened by Pres Best SAA Andy welcomed visiting Rotarians and Visitors Anders Larsson from the Anderstorp Rotary Club in Sweden told the meeting his club has 55 members and that they support children’s home in Zimbabwe, Swedish doctors in 3rd world countries and a youth exchange programme. An exchange of banners was conducted.

The Rotary Club of Patong Beach Phuket – Thailand Chartered 5th September 2001

Ilya Belomytseve from the Moscow East Rotary Club was accompanied by Rotarian Anastasia Belonyiuseva from Kazan, Russia. He mentioned that there have been Rotary clubs in Russia for 20 yrs and that there are now 50 clubs. They are involved in youth projects and hosted a four day conference for youths (Rotaract Clubs) from Europe, Middle Asia and Brazil. Kai Behringer from Nurenberg Germany said there are 11 clubs in Nurenberg and he belongs to the oldest one. They are involved in social projects for children in Germany and Africa. Lindall Berton from Ljunglay Sweden belongs to a club that was formed in 1984. Jules Grand from Switzerland was a returning Rotarian to our club. These Rotarians were accompanied by their respective partners. Rotarian George’s two invited guests were Johan Soderberg from Sweden and Hakan Nilsson, also from Sweden. Rotarian Heidi invited her friend Phon.

Club Business: Pres Best presented a certificate to Rotarian Antoine Cuisiniere. President Best lead a Club Assembly in suggesting that this evening we all brain storm to determine some activities we could undertake to raise funds. He spoke of several activities the club has undertaken over the years since the Tsunami, and it was suggested that this year we tie a golf tournament with the local jazz festival that is to be held in late February. Rotarian George is going to speak with the organizer of the festival and determine whether the Laguna Golf Club has time available for us to hold a tournament. Other suggestions put forward were to hold a garage sale, and in Germany they bought wine and put new labels on the bottles with their Rotary crest and sold the wine for a little more for profit. In Sweden they held a golf tournament and added a twenty krona surcharge that was put into a pot for a lottery. Rotarian Brad gave a short presentation about the drip filters and said that we will begin distributing them to 500 families in the first or second week of February. Pres Best closed out the meeting to highlight that on the 18th January our club was going to attend the sea gypsy village to inoculate children with the polio vaccine. He mentioned that 134 children were given the vaccine the last time our club participated. He suggested that we take any used clothing or children’s toys to the village to distribute to the villagers. It was announced that the new theme for Rotary next year came from Japan, and it is PEACE THROUGH SERVICES. Thanks Gerry Cummings for the night report & Khun Phawinee (Apple) Kangsawat for the photos Ed th

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2nd Polio Vaccination @ Koh Sirey Village – 18-1-12 125 children from the Lam Tuk Kae Village in Rosada District showed up with their mothers today to take the polio vaccine. Rotary initiated this programme in 1985. The Rotary foundation has raised $200 million and the Gates foundation has contributed $355 million (see RI news in this Bulletin). This programme is run on the same day throughout Thailand, and RCoPB was assigned this District by the Provincial authorities, and our sister clubs on the island tended to other areas.

Registration for the polio vaccine

Proud mother & baby ready for the polio vaccine

Dr. Johan’s kind hands

Dr. Johan contemplating

Gerry & Best enjoying a lighter moment

I’m watching you

mum is this OK ?

Our lovely Able

A willing participant

we’re not certain by all of this

not so willing --- keep it IN ! Article – photos & captions by Gerry Cummings – thank you Gerry - ed

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Congratulations - Jack & Noi Christensen 17-1-12

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Exam time - take 2 This kid got a 0 % ON HIS EXAM - I would have given him 100% Q7. What looks like half an apple? * The other half Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become? * It will simply become wet Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ? * No problem, he sleeps at night. Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand? * You will never find an elephant that has only one hand.. Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ? * Very large hands Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it? * No time at all, the wall is already built. Q13. How can u drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? *Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack .

Quiz time – can you pass ?? 1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last? 2) Which country makes Panama hats? 3) From which animal do we get cat gut? 4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? 6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 7) What was King George VI's first name? 8) What color is a purple finch? 9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? 10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Answers after RI news

Thanks WOODY th

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Rotary International News Rotary clubs worldwide meet US$200 million fundraising challenge Rotary International News -- 17 January 2012

Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (left), shakes hands with Rotary Foundation Trustee John Germ during the fourth plenary session of the International Assembly. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson Rotary International has succeeded in meeting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US$200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million as of 17 January. “We’ll celebrate this milestone, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication,” Rotary Foundation Trustee John F. Germ told Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “We can’t stop until our entire world is certified as polio-free.” The fundraising milestone was reached in response to $355 million in challenge grants awarded to The Rotary Foundation by the Gates Foundation. All funds have been earmarked to support polio immunization activities in affected countries where the vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyze children. “In recognition of Rotary’s great work, and to inspire Rotarians in the future, the [Gates] foundation is committing an additional $50 million to extend our partnership,” said Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Gates Foundation. “Rotary started the global fight against polio, and continues to set the tone for private fundraising, grassroots engagement, and maintaining polio at the top of the agenda with key policymakers.” Raikes also addressed Rotary leaders at the International Assembly. The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant. Since 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99 percent, from about 350,000 cases annually to fewer than 650 cases reported so far for 2011. The wild poliovirus is now endemic in only four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. However, India on 13 January marked a full calendar year without a case, paving the way for its removal from the endemic list. But other countries also remain at risk for polio cases imported from the endemic countries. In Africa in 2011, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo had significant outbreaks. Also in 2011, a small cluster of polio cases in China, which had been polio-free for a decade, was traced to Pakistan. Rotary club members not only reached into their own pockets to support the Gates challenge, but also engaged their communities in a variety of creative fundraising projects, such as a fashion show in California that raised $52,000, benefit film screenings in New Zealand and Australia that netted $54,000, and a pledge-supported hike through Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, that brought in $38,000. Many events were planned around 24 October, widely observed as World Polio Day. To date, Rotarians worldwide have contributed more than $1 billion toward the eradication of polio, a cause Rotary took on in 1985. In 1988, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined Rotary as spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. More recently, the Gates Foundation has become a major supporter. In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave Rotary a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, increasing it to $355 million in 2009. Rotary agreed to raise $200 million in matching funds by 30 June 2012. Reaching children with the oral polio vaccine in the disease’s remaining strongholds is labor- and resourceintensive due to a host of challenges, including poor infrastructure, geographical isolation, armed conflict, and cultural misunderstanding about the eradication campaign.

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Photo of the week

Sydney ferry terminal and office blocks

Quiz time – and the answers are 1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years 2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador 3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses 4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November 5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel Fur 6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs 7) What was King George VI's first name? Albert 8) What color is a purple finch? Crimson 9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand 10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange Thanks WOODY

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